Lanark County OPP is now calling a suspicious death at the Last Duel Park Campground a homicide. Police say a 45-year-old man is dead after an incident early Sunday morning at the campground in Perth.
“The officers patrolling the town, we received a call at around 4:12a.m. today, that there was some incident here, they attended, and immediately commenced an investigation into a suspicious death,” said Provincial Const. David Bird.
Const. Bird said he could not provide information on the deceased person until the victim’s family had been notified.
One witness said he heard a woman shouting for help around 4 in the morning. Another witness, Diane Quirouette, watched as an ambulance drove by her campsite.
“My daughter stayed with me and she heard a bit of screaming, but my dog started growling and then barking and that happens when someone is around,” Quirouette said.
Sunday afternoon a section in the centre of the campsite was surrounded by police tape with one tent inside the crime scene zone. Campers said a man and woman were staying in the tent – It is unclear if they had any visitors on site.
Steve Guerin, who walks his dog through the campsite daily, said he was shocked to hear the news.
“There were police cruisers, I’d say there had to be anywhere from 15 to 20 vehicles and they had a big forensics tent set up and a forensics vehicle,” Guerin said.
Guerin said the K-9 unit was on scene Sunday morning going through grassy areas. OPP officers were also checking vehicles coming in and out of the campground as part of their investigation.
In a release, the mayor of Perth wrote, “The OPP have the required resources on site and I want to reassure the citizens of Perth there is no public safety risk in relation to this investigation.” – Mayor Fenik. An autopsy is scheduled to take place on Monday.